Neil’s guest today is historian and friend of the show Emma
Kay. Today we talk about Emma’s new book A History of Herbalism: Cook, Cure
& Conjure which was published in June 2022.
We talk about the importance of herbs in medicine, magic and
food, and how these things were interconnected, the four humours, Anglo-Saxon
medical texts, the double standards surrounding men and women who practised
magic and medicine, two female pioneers of botany and herbalism, and narcotic
Emma’s book is published by Pen &
Sword History: https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/A-History-of-Herbalism-Hardback/p/21395
Follow Emma on twitter @museumofkitchen
and Insta @emma_kay_author. Her website is www.museumofkitchenalia.com.
Things mentioned in today’s episode:
Marianne North’s edited biography: https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/Recollections_of_a_Happy_Life/fdnVAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=0
Elizabeth Blackwell’s A Curious
Neil’s book A Dark History of
Sugar is available now from all bookshops as well as from the publisher Pen
& Sword: https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/A-Dark-History-of-Sugar-Hardback/p/20481
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directly from Neil for £18 + postage (£2.85 if within the UK, the going rate if
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